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July 2016

Countdown to WYD Krakow

Friends, family and parishioners will have the opportunity to follow the journey of 2500 World Youth Day pilgrims travelling to Poland via the live webcast of events on the digital platform
From 26-31 July, main events from Krakow will be broadcast live at:
In addition to the young people, chaplains, teachers and youth leaders heading for Poland, half of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference will celebrate St John Paul II’s vision for young people, renewed again with the presence of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis will arrive on Thursday July 28 and the Way of the Cross will be held on Friday afternoon of July 29. A vigil Mass will take place on Saturday 30 July and on Sunday morning 31 July, the final papal Mass will conclude the international event.
Bishops and pilgrims will arrive in Krakow after spending some time on various group pilgrimages, including walking through the Holy Doors at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, reliving the scriptures by travelling through the Holy Land and tracing the footsteps of Pope John Paul II across Poland.
As young South Australian Catholics travel from Adelaide to Krakow in Poland for World Youth Day 2016, The Southern Cross newspaper editor Jenny Brinkworth will provide a daily update on the pilgrimage journey through The Southern Cross and social media posts (The Southern Cross Facebook page and WYDblog).
Further information available on WYD website.


Sleepout raises $600k 

South Australia’s community leaders have raised more than $600,000 for Vinnies by sleeping in Whitmore Square in the cold and rain. David Wark, CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society SA, said the Sleepout event was vital to Vinnies’ continued provision of assistance to the most vulnerable.
“Money raised from this year's event will go a long way towards meeting the increased demands for our services,” said Mr Wark.  In recent months, the Fred's Van service has served a record number of meals to the hungry and marginalised. Vinnies shops have also seen additional demand for clothing and homewares from South Australians struggling to get by. BankSA Chief Executive Nick Reade raised more than $140,000 earning him the title of the top fundraiser for the third consecutive year in Adelaide. He also was the top fundraiser in the country.
"It is tragic that every night there are nearly 6000 South Australians who are homeless. BankSA is proud to be involved in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to support their amazing work to help people in their time of greatest need," said Mr Reade. See more via Vinnies website 


Walk a mile in my boots 

Come and walk with the staff of the Archdiocese of Adelaide as we support Hutt St Centre and together raise funds for the 6000 people experiencing homelessness in South Australia every year. The Hutt St Centre’s annual Walk a Mile in My Boots event will be held on August 5 at 7.30am in Adelaide. Funds raised through the event will help the Hutt St Centre to provide homeless people with a hearty meal, a hot shower, a secure locker and a safe place to seek help in a welcoming environment. 
The walk will also be held in McLaren Vale at 7.30am on July 29. 
Sign up or donate here and contact the Archdiocesan office for further information on the Adelaide Walk (Rachel McCabe Tel: 82108106 via Email: (Pictured above second from left Ian Cox from Hutt St, with Archdiocesan team).
Meet at Victoria Park/ Pakapakanthi (Wakefield Road Entrance) Wakefield Road to South Park lands, Hutt Road. 

Raising funds is big business

Year 7 Nazareth students recently stepped into the role of successful business entrepreneurs while raising more than $1300 for the St Vincent de Paul Society.
As part of their Humanities and Social Sciences subject, the business and economic stream called for skill development in budgeting, profit and loss, surveying students for supply and demand purposes, advertising and promoting in innovative and creative ways to gain the ‘upper hand’ over other stalls and creating a profitable business. With a $12 budget, groups were required to pay for printing costs, equipment hire and facility/space hire as well as supplies needed for their business. “We were surprised with the high level of enthusiasm, commitment and dedication that each and every group had for their business…the students thought of the whole range of business requirements, including things like risk management and other contingencies” said Miss Jessica Fanto, Year 7 teacher. (Pictured above: Carla, Angelena and Tahlia).

Understanding turbans

Turbans and Trust is a not-for-profit initiative started by Harjit Singh from Perth, Daniel Connell in Adelaide and Jasdeep Singh from Innisfail.
 The trio saw a need for non-Sikhs to understand more about the turbans that have been appearing increasingly in the streets and in Australian schools. It also is an opportunity to use the simple but profound act of tying a turban to create a personal connection across difference. Launched in Adelaide at the 2013 OzAsia Festival, the initiative has been part of the Riverland Harmony Day Festival as well as promoting Sikh awareness in schools and as part of Harmony Day activities. Schools which have participated include East Adelaide School, Saint Ignatius’ College Junior School, St Andrews School, Woodville High School and Our Lady of the River School, Berri. In schools presenters use a turbaned Sikh character designed to emphasise discussion about respect, honesty, kindness, humility, and other values deeply woven into the Sikh faith.
 Turbans and Trust stalls can be set up virtually anywhere at any time. If you are interested in having Turbans and Trust at your school please feel free to contact them via the website

Fossil fuel divestment

Since the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, there has been a growing awareness in the Church of the call to care for Creation. The extraordinary number of extreme weather records set in the last year surely reinforces the encyclical’s message. 2015 was the warmest year on record. Cyclone Winston which battered Fiji in February was the fiercest Pacific storm system ever to hit landfall. The earth’s destabilised climate is bearing down most heavily on vulnerable communities such as those in Bangladesh, the Philippines, Haiti and the Carteret Islands. As Pope Francis wrote, “Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony and disdain.” (Para 161) Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is encouraging people to question their Catholic super fund about their investments in coal, oil and gas extraction. ARRCC has set up avenues for doing this through emails that can be sent to Catholic Super and to the Australian Superannuation and Retirement Fund, or ACSRF. 
For more information see attached PDF.

Stunning New Chapel

The feast of Our Lady Help of Christians in May was a momentous celebration for the Catholic community of Cairui in Timor-Leste with the blessing and dedication of their new St John de Brito chapel. It is the first chapel in the country to reflect traditional Timorese style in its design, which was developed by partners in Portugal, with project and funding support from Catholic Mission. Bishop Michael McKenna of Bathurst attended the dedication ceremony in the small township not far from coastal Baucau, along with Bishop Basilio do Nascimento of Baucau, the Capuchin Provincial for Timor-Leste, Laleia parish priest Frei Hermano Filipe, and diocesan clergy. Catholic Mission’s diocesan director for Bathurst Mike Deasy, who also attended the ceremony, said Cairui had been eagerly anticipating its new chapel for nearly a decade.
“This innovative project was ten years in the planning and looked to be an impossible dream until Bishop McKenna and his Council of Priests embraced the idea,” said Mr Deasy. “The diocese’s fundraising efforts over three Christmas appeals from 2012 to 2014 raised in excess of $130,000.”


Child protection decision

The recommendation of the SA Child Protection Systems Royal Commission to split Families SA from the Education Department has been welcomed by Centacare Catholic Family Services director Dale West. However, in an article last month, Mr West said it was not the government’s responsibility alone to care for our children. Media outlets claiming that Families SA has caused the deaths of children are wrong, he wrote. For the full article click here

Mercy in their lives

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples so often live the name of mercy in their lives, Bishop Christopher Saunders stated as he launched the statement We Need Mercy to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday on July 3.
Representing the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (BCATSIP), Bishop Saunders also launched a new brochure ‘Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners 2016’ as a guide for parishes and Catholic organisations to use when hosting an event or service. Pope Francis tells us that humanity is deeply wounded and for this reason is in need of mercy, a mercy proclaimed by God and tenderly shared among people.
Praying for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Bishop Saunders asked that “in their prayers and in their loving communion may they continue to enrich the Church in Australia so that it will be fully the Church that Jesus Christ wants her to be”.  Read the.annual statement here.

Speaking the right ‘lingo’

A new resource has been produced by Catholic Health Australia (CHA) to help people understand the “Catholic” in Catholic health and aged care. The release of Language at the Heart of Mission follows a survey by CHA which found there was an urgent need for resources specifically tailored to people with a range of different backgrounds, to help familiarise them with the words and concepts that are commonly used in Church agencies. Former Head of Mission, St Vincent’s Health Australia, and soon to be CEO of St Vincent de Paul NSW Jack de Groot (pictured above) explains that there is a need for language that can be understood by an increasingly diverse workforce in Catholic health and aged care services. Read more and go to website here.

Angel mosaic 

Italian restoration workers at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem have been showing off a stunning mosaic of an angel that was previously hidden beneath plaster. Tensions between different Christian denominations have long delayed urgently-needed repairs at the church. But the Palestinian Authority brokered a deal between them enabling restoration work to start three years ago. More information here.


Gleeson College Year 12 student Alexandra Scappaticci (12 FSMAR) (pictured above) has just been announced as a finalist for ‘People’s Choice Award - Vocational Student of the Year’ at the 2016 SA Training Awards. Alexandra is studying a Certificate III in Animal Studies (TAFE SA) via Gleeson College VET Program.
Gleeson is encouraging members of their College and wider community to get behind Alexandra and vote for her online by clicking on the attached link - you can vote once daily!
This ‘People’s Choice Award’ is sponsored by Bickfords and Haighs and the finalist who receives the most votes will be presented at an Awards Presentation Dinner on September 9. Voting closes midnight on Friday 2 September.

Diary Dates

Upcoming events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral:

Monday August 8, 12.10pm – Feast Day of St Mary MacKillop Mass

Friday August 12 – Vocations Prayer Vigil, starting with Mass at 5.45pm to 7.30pm -  
followed by supper in the Cathedral Hall

Sunday August 28, 2.30pm – Migrant and Refugee Sunday, St Patrick’s Church, Grote Street.
Please note: There is no onsite car parking available for Cathedral events before 5pm weekdays.

 Adelaide Archdiocesan website:

Tuesday 19 July, 7.30pm
LAUDATO SI’ - On Care for Our Common Home
Fr Denis Edwards will speak on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter on Theology and Climate 
St Ignatius Church Hall - All welcome
Suggested donation $10 towards Catholic Earthcare.

Friday, 29 July at 7pm
Effective Living Centre 2016 Wilks Oration
26 King William Road, Wayville.
Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Committee will be speaking on 'Revitalising a Commitment to Human Rights’.
Tickets $25 adult, $20 conc. or $15.00 for members of Friends of ELC (see website).
Bookings essential at or Ph8271 0329 (Tuesday or Friday between 1- 3pm).

Saturday, 13 August, 11am – 3pm
The Australian Christian Meditation Community SA will be holding a Community Day at North Adelaide Lutheran Church Hall, 139 Archer Street, North Adelaide. Their guest speaker will be Bishop Greg Pfeiffer of the Lutheran Church of Western Australia. His presentation is titled "The Cloud of Unknowing: Unpacking the 14th century classic meditation guide". Please bring lunch for sharing. Suggested donation $15.
Email for more information.
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